8 Days Hong Kong Tibet Tour with Stopover in Chengdu

Peak Tram to Victoria offers a spectacular visual illusion

Overview

Hong Kong is the most popular international tourist destination in Asia, famous for its prosperous economy, blend of both culture of West and East, amazing food, shopping paradise, etc. Here, tourist feels just like a fish in water. Since you have come to Hong Kong, it’s time to realize your Tibet dream. You can take a flight to Chengdu to visit the Giant Panda and make the flight transfer to Lhasa where you will spend 3 days to explore its amazing Buddhist culture, great temples, and palaces, lovely Tibetan people.

8 days and 7 nights
Private escorted tour with Tibetan tour guide and private vehicle with experienced driver
Departure: Flexible
Theme: Culture, Photography, Architecture, Family
Suitable:

Highlights

  • Be amazed by the vitality and enthusiasm of the metropolis city in Hong Kong;
  • Relax in the comfortable life you of Chengdu and touch the cutest creature – giant panda;
  • Be immersed in the devoted atmosphere of pilgrimage in the Potala Palace and sacred monasteries – Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.

Itinerary

Day 1 Hong Kong Arrival

Welcome to Hong Kong, the most energetic destination in Asia. Once your arrival at the airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our tour guide, and then be escorted to your hotel in Hong Kong City. The rest of today is free for you to have fun in this international metropolis.

Day 2 Hong Kong Independent Tour

Today is free for you to explore this West-friendly metropolis on your own. As the most international city in Asia, Hong Kong always show her hospitality as much as she can to tourists of all kinds. You don’t have to worry having trouble with language because English is highly spoken in Hong Kong.

You can start your exploration of Victoria Peak, the highest peak in Hong Kong. Stand on the observation deck of the peak and look around, the Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Island are just like two pearls inlaid into the Victoria Harbor, skyscrapers sitting over the blue water, the city skyline reaches far away to the end of sightContinue to take a trip to Repulse Bay. Little noise, few shops, forget about the hustle and bustle for a while as you walking on the white sand of the long beach, you can really enjoy the sea breeze. Next, stroll along the Stanley Market, browse fancy petty commodities in various little stores, or just order a cup of coffee or beer at the seaside café or pub, a great way to spend time away from the maddening crowds.

Day 3 Hong Kong - Flight to Chengdu

Today, you are going to leave Hong Kong for the hometown of Giant Panda – Chengdu. There are many schedules of flights between Hong Kong and Chengdu most of which depart in the morning or late afternoon. It takes only about 2.5~3 hours to fly from Hong Kong to Chengdu. We suggest you take off in the morning so that you have more time to explore Chengdu.

After your arrival at Chengdu Airport, your tour guide will pick you up and take you to your hotel in downtown. The rest time of today is free for you to spend.

Day 4 Chengdu ( B, L )

Chengdu has three famous features – Giant PandaHistory and Leisure Living Pace. Today, you will go to explore these tree features one by one. First is to visit the lovely Giant Pandas in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, which is the No. 1 thing to do in Chengdu. You will leave your hotel early and drive about 30 minutes to the panda base so that you can catch up the great moments of pandas, such as feeding, playing, climbing trees, etc. There are different enclosures for pages of different ages, such as all around to see baby pandas, 1-year-old pandas, teenage pandas, and older pandas. Beautiful walking paths will lead you to visit the enclosures from one to next. Enjoy the happy time with pandas.

The second place to visit is the sacred Wenshu Temple which is hidden peacefully among the modern mansions. This temple is the most popular Buddhist temple in Chengdu region. It has beautiful traditional ancient architecture. The atmosphere is calm and quiet, some people are praying. There is a little garden and the monastery is very colorful and decorated.

Lastly, you are going to explore the leisure living peace of locals at Renmin Park and Jinli Street. Renmin Park or People’s Park is the place for locals to go for a relaxing walk, meet friends, or have a cup of tea. While Jinli is the “street of tourists”. You can wander on the traditional old street to absorb the special atmosphere of Chengdu, taste local snacks, watching a performance, etc.

Optional Recommended Night Activity: watch a fascinating show of traditional Sichuan Opera & Face Changing Performance in a local theatre.

Day 5 Flight to Lhasa from Chengdu ( B )

You will be free until your local guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Lhasa (about 2 hours flight)

Welcome to the roof of the world! You will be picked up by a local tour guide at the airport hall or train station, then be escorted to your hotel in Lhasa city in a private vehicle.

After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local areas and acclimatize yourself to the air, temperature and high altitude of Lhasa.

High Altitude Acclimation Tips:1) go for some leisure walking to acclimate the high altitude but avoid strenuous activity after arrival; 2) you’d better not have a bath, in case of catching a cold; 3) drink more water, and have some fruit; 4) have a good rest.

Day 6 Lhasa ( B )

Start today’s Lhasa exploration with an exciting visit to the landmark – Potala Palace which is regarded as one of the most beautiful architectural building in the world. You will climb up the palace along the zigzag stone paths with white-and-red walls to the top of the palace where you can not only appreciate the exotic Tibetan-style architecture, but also get a great view of Lhasa’s urban areas, then walk into the inner space of Potala Palace to explore the stately chapels and learn about the history of the palace.

Continuing your exploration, you will then get to Jokhang Temple which is considered as the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Each day, there are thousands of pilgrims coming from different places in Tibet to the temple to worship to the Buddha. This temple is also known as the “house of Buddha” because it keeps the precious Jowo Rinpoche, the life-sized (5 foot/1.5m) image of the Shakyamuni at the age of 12. The last site for today’s exploration is the famous Barkor Street. It is a circular and wide street encircling the Jokhang Temple. The local people like to walk on the street for several circles usually in the late afternoon as a daily tradition of pilgrimage. The street also has many shops selling a wide variety of traditional Tibetan goods, religious items, and handicrafts.

Tips of today: 1) there are 1,080 steps up to climb to the top of Potala Palace, so don’t walk in a rush, which may cause high altitude sickness; 2) taking photos is not allowed inside the palace; 3) today you will be mainly outside, please bring some water, a hat, sun cream, and sunglasses with you.

Day 7 Lhasa ( B )

After breakfast, you will first go to visit the beautiful Norbulingka which used to be the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas in the ancient time and now is a public park. It is famous for its Potrang, the private palaces of former Dalai Lamas with grandiose Tibetan architecture style. Next, drive several kilometers to the western outskirts of Lhasa to visit Drepung Monastery. Drepung, in Tibetan, means “prosperity”. Since its establishment, Drepung Monastery has always been one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. In its heyday, there were more than 10,000 monks lived and studied in the monastery. Throughout its history, many important and famous Tibetan leaders used to study here, especially the Dalai Lamas. So Drepung Monastery is also respectfully known as the “Mother School of Dalai Lamas”.

In the afternoon, you will be taken to another famous monastery in Lhasa – Sera Monastery. It is famous for the spectacular “Buddhism Debating”. As a daily routine, the monks gather in a courtyard and debate on the Buddhist doctrines with supplemented gestures, which is thought to be helpful to facilitate a better comprehension of the Buddhist philosophy to attain higher levels of study. After enjoying the “Buddhism Debating”, you will be transferred back to the city. The rest time is your own free time to rest.

The Etiquette of Visiting Monastery: 1) you shouldn’t wear short and uncover shoulders; 2) taking off your sunglasses and hat before entering the chapels; 3) taking photos is usually not allowed inside the chapels.

Day 8 Lhasa Departure ( B )

Today is free for you until your tour guide transfers you to the airport in time for your flight or drop you off at Lhasa train station.

Tips of Today: 1) please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charger, power adapter, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet, and towel; 2) if your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12 pm.

Important Notes:

  • 1. Tibet Permits
    There are several permits required to visit Tibet. Tibet Entry Permit, issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, is the most important one which has to be obtained before your trip because you must have it to take your flight/train to Tibet. To get the permit, you have to book a Tibet tour with us, and send us your passport and Chinese visa about 20 days in advance, and then let us apply for the permit (all Tibet permits can only be applied by travel agency). If you travel to other prefectures like Shigatse, Nyingchi, Shannan, etc, you also have to obtain an Alien Travel Permit. If you travel to Mount Everest, you have to obtain a Border Permit.
  • 2. Available Months to Visit Tibet
    Generally speaking, months from April to October are recommended. Other months are usually very cold, and possible have heavy snow, especially in regions like Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, Namtso Lake, etc.
  • 3. High Altitude Sickness
    The average altitude of Tibet is about 4000 meters above the sea level (Lhasa: 3700m; EBC: 5200m; Namtso: 4718m). You may suffer a bit from High Altitude Sickness in the beginning days of your Tibet trip if you haven’t had rich high plateau travel experience. But don’t worry too much, the high altitude can be acclimatized usually in 2~3 days. Our suggestion is to take a physical examination and get suggestions from your doctor, and also bring some medicines to prevent from High Altitude Sickness before your trip. While in Tibet, you should keep warm all the time, avoid strenuous activities, drink more water and eat more vegetables and carbohydrates. You’d better not take showers during the first two days after your arrival at Tibet. If you don’t feel well, get help from your tour guide or go to the hospital without any delay.
  • 4. How to Go to Tibet
    Currently Chengdu has 12~15 flights to Lhasa each day. It takes about 2.5 hours to get to Lhasa Gongga Airport from Chengdu by flights. The flights are usually in short supply, so you’d better book it as early as possible. There is one Chengdu-Lhasa train in every other day, which will take about 43 hours to reach Lhasa. (Other popular gateway cities are Beijing, Chongqing, Xian, Kunming, Shanghai, Xining)
  • 5. Packing and Wearing Ideas
    Firstly you can’t forget your passport and Chinese Visa. A large backpack and a smaller one are recommended (the smaller one can be used for daily activities). Also bring the necessary medicine you need. Other stuffs like sunglasses, snow glasses, hats, lip balm, sun block are recommended.
    As for wearing, you are suggested to dress in layers (both thin and thick jackets). Down jacket is necessary in Spring and Autumn. A pair of durable and comfortable shoes is necessary.

Price & Inclusion

8 Days Hong Kong Tibet Tour with Stopover in Chengdu
Price for 2 Adults
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Discount
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Total
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Meals

Transportation

Price Includes

  • Airfare from Chengdu to Lhasa.
  • Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
  • All necessary Tibet travel permits.
  • All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Medium standard accommodation with attached bathroom on twin sharing basis. Guesthouse or tent in remote areas.
  • Meals noted in the itinerary as “B,L,D”.
  • Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
  • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance

Cancellation by Customer

  • 30% of total package price should be deposited once the booking is confirmed
  • Cancellation received less than 72 hours prior arrival date or No show: full charge the total package rate
  • Cancellation received from 4 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total package tour charged
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 20 days prior arrival date: 10% of total package tour charged

Children Policy

  • 30% of total package price should be deposited once the booking is confirmed
  • Cancellation received less than 72 hours prior arrival date or No show: full charge the total package rate
  • Cancellation received from 4 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total package tour charged
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 20 days prior arrival date: 10% of total package tour charged